Brockton Writers Series 05.11.14

Announcing the final Brockton Writers Series of 2014, Wednesday, November 5, at full of beans Coffee House & Roastery (1348 Dundas St. W., Toronto).


We’ll be celebrating our fifth birthday, with lots of cake and prizes!

Featuring four outstanding readers:

Carole Giangrande, IF the Poet, Sheniz Janmohamed and Zoe Whittall!

Plus, come early — 6:30pm — for Rock Your Cover Design: How to Create a Captivating Cover that Captures Your Book’s Vision, a special talk by Suzanne Alyssa Andrew, author of Circle of Stones (Dundurn, 2015),

The reading is PWYC (suggested $3-$5) and features a Q&A with the writers afterward. Books and treats are available for sale. Please note that while the venue is wheelchair accessible, washroom facilities are not.

Many thanks to the Ontario Arts Council for their support.


As always, watch this space for more with each of our writers in the month to come!


Carole Giangrande is the author of seven books — two novels and a short story collection (Cormorant); two works of nonfiction (Anansi), and the award-winning novella A Gardener on the Moon (Quattro). Her new novella Midsummer was published this spring by Inanna. Visit her blog and website at

IF (Ian French) channels the wisdom of Spirit, the rage of the wounded and the yearning that resides in every human heart. His poems are a “shout-out to the sacredness of our days, a three-chord party jam, and a tribute to the triumph of love over fear.” IF is a member of the 2013 National Champion Toronto Slam Poetry Team and the 2014 Canadian Individual Slam Champion.

Sheniz Janmohamed is a spoken word artist, author, artist educator and the Artistic Director of Sufi Poets Series. Her work has been featured at the TedXYouth Conference (Toronto, 2010), Indian Summer Festival (Vancouver, 2012) and the Jaipur Literature Festival (India, 2013). Sheniz has been published in a variety of journals including West Coast Line, Catamaran Literary Reader and SUFI Journal. She has published two collections of poetry: Bleeding Light (2010) and Firesmoke (2014). Visit her website for more details:

Zoe Whittall is the author of the novels Holding Still for as Long as Possible–winner of the Lambda award–and Bottle Rocket Hearts, which was named a CBC Canada Reads Top Ten Essential Read of the decade. Zoe has also written The Middle Ground, a novel for adults with low literacy skills, and three collections of poetry–The Best Ten Minutes of Your LifeThe Emily Valentine Poems and Precordial Thump. Her next novel, The Best Kind of People, is forthcoming from Anansi in 2016.


Suzanne Alyssa Andrew is the author of Circle of Stones, a novel (Dundurn, 2015), and successfully navigated the cover design process this summer. She frequently works with designers on multi-disciplinary project teams in digital media to produce games, apps, and co-productions for film and TV such as the award-winning interactive documentary, The Defector, and a story-based app for youth called Long Story Game. Her work has also appeared in the Toronto Star, Taddle Creek and Broken Pencil. For fun Suzanne plays bass in an indie rock band. Find her online at and @suzannealyssa.


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